Years 9 to 11

From the Middle School students will make a seamless transition into the Upper School where the emphasis will be on high academic attainment, individual study and preparation for success in examinations.

The Upper School consists of five years: Year 9, Year 10, Year 11, Year 12 and Year 13.

Teachers will increasingly be looking to students to take charge of their own studies. They will help to guide a student through the key parts of the course and they will set assignments that will develop understanding, but they will also expect the student to take over the principal responsibility for his or her own learning.


In Year 9 the foundations will be laid for the qualifications which will be taken at the end of Year 11. Gildredge House will offer the rigorous and flexible Cambridge curriculum which allows students to study topics in depth and develops successful students, giving them excellent preparation for their next steps in education.

For full details of our Year 9 curriculum, please download our Curriculum Booklet below.

The Cambridge International GCSE (IGCSE), offered in a range of subjects, is recognised by universities and employers worldwide. A minimum of 8 (I)GCSEs will be taken in Year 11, although some students will take as many as 10 GCSEs.

Prep & Homework

Students in Year 9 will complete their Prep on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays exactly as they do in Years 7 & 8. In addition to this, the school will also provide independent learning ‘Twilights’ that students can elect to do, should they wish. If not, they can elect for a different Twilight Activity such as Rugby or Japanese, for example. This would allow, should students wish, up to one hour and forty five minutes of study on these evenings. On Thursdays and Fridays, Year 9 students would be free to go home after Prep at 4.00pm to continue their studies at home.

Twilight Activities

In addition to their academic studies students in the Upper School will continue to develop their interests and abilities through extra-curricular activities. These will offer increasing challenge to enable Gildredge House students to develop confidence and resilience. They will take on more responsibility within the school, becoming mentors and role models for the younger students. Community engagement and helping others will also be incorporated into their programme.

Twilight Activities Booklet (PDF)


Students in Upper School have identical uniform to Middle School students apart from their tie. As of Year 9, students will wear a tie with their House colour displayed along one of the stripes. The Upper School tie is available to purchase on-line from Price & Buckland. Gildredge House uses two suppliers for Upper School uniform: Price & Buckland and Brigade. Click on the images below to be transferred to the relevant site. Our Uniform Policy can be found here





Years 12 to 13 belong to the ‘Sixth Form’ in which students will prepare for independent work and study at university or in a career. See our Years 12 to 13 page for further information on this final stage of education at Gildredge House.

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